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The Trek

This trek takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Switzerland has to offer crossing two major passes and combining stays in small Swiss towns and villages with hotels high on the passes.

You walk within sight of some of Switzerland’s most stunning peaks; Titlis Jungfrau and Eiger to name but a few.

You will view magnificent glaciers as you walk which feed many of the mountain streams you cross.

At the end of a day’s walking you are assured of a friendly welcome at each of our hotels with meals prepared from fresh local ingredients.

The Walking

Bernese Highlights Walking

The route crosses alpine meadows and skirts crystal clear lakes set high amongst the mountains. It passes through beautiful green valleys with rushing mountain streams and waterfalls tumbling from high above.

The paths are all of good quality and are well waymarked. The route has many options for shortening by taking a cable car or post bus to take the strain out of the climbs or pressure off the knees for the downhill sections.

This makes the walk especially suitable for families, as some members can cut their day’s walking short while others continue on.

Self Guided

Our Bernese Highlights trek is offered on a self-guided basis. We provide full walking notes and all the relevant maps as well as transport timetables.


Variations

This trek can be varied to suit your needs just tell us how long you have and difficulty of walking you wish and we will make a recommendation.

Baggage Transfer

On most days your luggage (1 bag per person) is transported from hotel to hotel so it will not be necessary to carry more than a light pack containing items you will need during the day.

For the overnight stays at Engstlenalp (night 2) and Schwarzwaldalp (night 5) you will also need to carry spare clothes and washing kit as your luggage cannot be transported to these more remote hotels.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Easy, Moderate or Challenging depending on transport options taken. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 4220m, Descent 3770m, 45 miles.

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This trek can be combined into a 14 night trek combining with Bernese Highlights - West 


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Bernese Highlights - East

A variety of accommodation is used on this trek ranging from mountain inns to 3 star hotels. All hotels have rooms with private bathroom except one mountain inn where you only have a wash basin in the room and share the shower and WC. Most offer drying rooms for wet clothing and boots. Breakfast and dinner are included on all nights. Dinner will be three courses and breakfasts are of buffet style.

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Day 1 Arrive in Engelberg. This mountain village is just 2½ hours from Zurich airport and we can arrange rail passes or tickets. It is a good idea to add an extra day or two in Engelberg before starting the Bernese Highlights trek getting used to walking at high altitudes. We have several walks in our walk booklet based here.

Day 2 Engelberg to Engstlenalp. Highest point Jochpass (2207m). Not the longest walk of the tour but a demanding first day because of the total ascent involved. However this can be reduced by using one or more cablecars. Our route takes us up past the Trubsee Lake from where you climb to the Jochpass before descending to Engstlenalp. Ascent 1240m  descent 400m 7 ½  miles  4½ to 5½ hours.

Day 3 Engstlenalp to Meiringen. Highest point Engstlenalp. This is a superb walk firstly above the Gental a wonderland for lovers of wild flowers and butterflies early in the season then facing the quite different Hasliberg region.  ascent 50m descent 1260m (820m if finishing at Reuti) 10 ½  miles  6 to 7½ hours.

Day 4 At leisure in Meiringen. There is a choice of day walks exploring this amazing walking area. Or take a day off from walking and visit Ballenburg Switzerland’s greatest open air museum take the steam railway to the top of the Rothorn or just cruise on Lake Brienz.

Day 5 Meiringen to Schwarzwaldalp. A short day albeit energetic early on, with opportunities for diversions. You walk up past the Reichenbach Falls famous for the death of Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's classic, before walking the stunning Rosenlaui valley. ascent 860m descent 0m 7 miles, 4 to 5 hours.

Day 6 Schwarzwaldalp to Grindelwald. Either take the superb high level route via First and maybe, Bussalp or the more leisurely crossing of Grosse Scheidegg. Ascent 950m descent 700m 8 ¾ miles, 6 hours or the more leisurely crossing of Grosse Scheidegg.  Ascents 510m descents 890m. descent 6 ¾  miles. 4 ½ hours.

Day 7 Grindelwald to Mürren. There are options today. Either take the Eiger Trail along the foot of the North Face, or the less challenging route over Kleine Scheidegg - both with stunning views.  Ascent 650m descent 1500m  10 miles, 7 hours or the less challenging route over Kleine Scheidegg - both with stunning views. Also mountain railways offer alternative starts and ends. Ascent 1120m  descent 1410m 13 ¾ miles 7 hours.

Day 8 Travel home. The rail journey to the airport on the efficient Swiss railway network through superb Swiss scenery is still very much part of the holiday.

Extension

Why not extend to 15 days and continue walking to Gstaad for a tougher challenge ?

Please see Bernese Highlights - West

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Available from Mid June to the beginning of October with a stronger chance of snow affecting the walking on some days in June and October. In this period there are usually local transport alternatives that operate close to the walking route. Extension from Mürren from mid-July only.



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Flights

For Engelberg - Zurich is the closest at just over 2 hours away with one change in Luzern. Basle is just under 3 hours and Geneva Airport just over 4 hours away each with a change of train in Luzern.

For Murren - Zurich Geneva and Basle are all almost equidistant from Murren being 3½ 4 and 4 hours away respectively. You travel from Zurich and Geneva airports to Bern where you change for Interlaken. Here you change onto a narrow guage railway to Lauterbrunnen before ascending by the new cable car to Grutschalp changing for the last stage to Murren. A spectacular journey and very much part of the holiday! From Basle after transferring to the central station you can catch a direct train to Interlaken.

Zurich nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Birmingham Manchester Edinburgh and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Geneva nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Stansted Southampton* Bournemouth* Jersey Exeter* Newquay* Bristol Cardiff* Birmingham East Midlands Norwich* Doncaster* Liverpool Manchester*, Leeds, Newcastle* Glasgow*, Edinburgh, Aberdeen* Belfast and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Basle nonstop from Heathrow, London City, Luton, Liverpool, East Midlands and Manchester. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

* Winter only

Train

You can travel by train from London to Engelberg or Murren utilizing Eurostar and TGV it takes about 11½ hours

We can book rail travel on Eurostar and onwards on SNCF/TGV to Switzerland. You can reach most resorts on the same day.


Self Drive

If you wish to drive to Switzerland we provide advice on where to stay en route if you wish to break the journey as well as driving directions to find the hotel. We also advise on which hotels have car parks. Just use the ‘own travel arrangement’ prices and add a half fare card if required.

To drive on Swiss motorways you will need a motorway pass ‘Vignette’ we can obtain this for £35 which will save the queue at the border.


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Bernese Highlights East

Included:

·         7 Nights accommodation with half board* (rooms all have private bathroom except for two night in the mountain inn where the bathroom is shared)

·         Baggage transfers between hotels, except for nights 2 & 5 as luggage cannot be transported to these more remote hotels – will need to pack an overnight bag (1 bag per person @20kg)

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

·         Rail cards are recommended additions – add £126 for Return Rail Transfer Tickets (upgrade to first class for an additional £81 pp) or £106 for Swiss Half Fare Card

·         ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Geneva or Zurich. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Length of trek

Period

7 nights half board

With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Single Supplement per night

7 nights

June & September to mid-October

1080

809

21

July – August

1096

825

21

14 nights (Combining East & West)

June & September

1914

1643

21

July – August

1965

1694

21

Extra night prices - POA

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Fly – Rail Luggage

Take advantage of the unique fly/rail baggage system which allows you to travel light between airport and your centre. When your cases arrive your hotelier will collect them for you. On your return deposit your luggage at the railway station (not available from all stations) and the next time you see it is at your UK airport carousel. £16** per back per direction.

Getting about

The Swiss transport system has a well earned reputation for being the best in the world. The trains are modern clean and run to schedule (late trains make the news in Switzerland!). We provide a personal timetable for all customers showing the relevant train times (including platforms) for transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel for both arrivals and departures. We help to make the journey very much part of your holiday by providing helpful notes offering advice on changing trains and selecting the best seats to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience travelling on the distinctive yellow post buses the lake steamers and many cable cars and funicular railways which will whisk you to high alpine meadows and mountain tops.

Swiss Transfer Card


This is included with all of our Swiss holidays if you purchase flights with us. Gives free transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel. Any reasonable route is permitted. Useful for very short stays and on hotel to hotel treks where you plan to walk all the way. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Transfer Card for £120 per person (prices subject to change).

Swiss Half Fare Card

This is included on a couple of our Swiss holiday if you purchase flights with us. Gives 50% discount during your stay for all rail and post bus services plus discounts on most funicular railways, chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars. Useful for those arriving by car. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Half Fare Card for £105 per person (prices subject to change).

Family Card

Free travel on most transport for all children under 16 years traveling with their parents; provided free of charge with any of the travel cards listed above.

Two & Multi Centre Holidays - Switzerland

Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that traveling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you. We will make all hotel reservations and provide the rail ticket between the centres free of charge** if the total stay is over 11 nights. For holidays over 13 nights we upgrade the rail travel between centres to First Class free of charge**. For example why not combine Zermatt with Davos having 7 nights in each resort in 4* hotels and journey between the two on the ‘Glacier Express’?

** As long as a Swiss Half Fare has been purchased



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